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Review: Brisik Restaurant, Jaya One

>> Thursday, April 25, 2013

Overall comment: I was actually more fascinated with their drinks than their dishes! Overall, the food was decent although the prices are slightly higher than average
Halal: Yes

Brisik is an Indonesian-Thai restaurant. You'll find all sorts of local Indonesian & Thai delights on their menu that the owner generously shares from the heart.Tucked at one corner of Jaya One, Brisik Restaurant is quite a gem to be discovered. The restaurant is located upstairs, but you can actually walk-up through it's "entrance" downstairs before Gao Ren Guan Restaurant.

I was there for a review/hangout session organized by Foodirector. It was fun meeting familiar faces as well as "new" people during such events :) We were served an array of dishes & juices to try out, but I didn't really eat much as I had to rush off for band practice in church.

Brisik's "entrance"

The interior - indoors upstairs

Here's what we were served:

 Watermelon juice (price N/A)
It's quite interesting to find fruit juices served in what I call as a "taucu" jar - the jar where you get your preserved bean sauce/paste. The juices are pretty much no-water-added/minimal-water-added & this one tastes refreshing :)

Papaya Juice (price N/A)
I am rather unadventurous. Especially when it comes to papayas, to have it in juice form feels utterly strange. I'm quite sure that it tastes good, but I just didn't want to try it out :P I'm not a big fan of papayas although I do eat them, especially the crunchy ones/the preserved ones :D

 Mango Juice (price N/A)
You'll rarely find fresh mango juices in restaurants these days, but Brisik has it! Yums!

Naturally-Colorful Juice! 

Avocado Juice with Chocolate Sauce (price N/A)
This was REALLY GOOD if you love avocados! I miss the days where I was at KK & could drink all the avocado drinks that I desire... silky-smooth blended avocados with sweet & fragrant chocolate sauce. Ah, it's the perfect drink for me!

Assam-Boi Drink (price N/A)
I didn't get to try this, but I heard that it was really sour...hahaha... 

Calamansi with Sour Plum (price N/A)
Also another sour drink...and strangely with pieces of watermelon in it! I'm very sure that this drink will wake any sleepy person up & refreshes him/her too!

Here comes the food!

Appetizer: Crispy Mushrooms & Satagor 
(RM11.00/ serving of crispy mushrooms only; RM9.00/ 3 pieces of Satagor)
Deep-fried oyster mushrooms served with Thai chilli sauce/Mixed beancurd + mixed veggie + minced chicken + potato cutlets
The deep-fried mushrooms were so-so only because the batter isn't as crispy as I wish it to be. The good thing about the fried mushrooms is that you still get the "whole" mushroom & not bits & pieces of it like how many places serve. The Satagor is alike our "bergedil" here - potatoes + meat cutlets. I'm a potato fan, so this was yums! I find it somewhat too pricey though...RM3.00/cutlet!! *faints*

Appetizer: Satay Serai (RM12.00/6 sticks)
Half a dozen of lemon grass chicken skewers
Fragrant sticks of minced chicken. It's a good alternative to the usual pieces of chicken on satay sticks, but somehow I wish the meat was "chunkier" so that it has more "bite".

Snack: Keropok Malinja (RM5.00/serving)
Malinja/Cokok/Gnemon (in English) is actually a fruit that is bitterish. According to a website that I've found here, the Malinja fruit is greenish when young & will slowly change color to yellow, orange, then finally maroon when it's ripe. The fruit will be washed, peeled, & cut into thin slices for deep frying (an Indonesian snack). It is apparently good to lower high blood pressure/cholesterol, I can't remember. I didn't really enjoy this cracker since it's not very crispy & it was kinda bitter & tasteless. I don't mind bitter gourd, but Malinja is probably an acquired taste. 

Tahu Telur (RM18.00/serving)
Mountain-high tofu in eggs topped with carrot, cucumber, & beansprout, served with creamy home-made sauce
As its name speaks, the outside feels like deep-fried egg that coats the beancurd. The sauce was savory-sweet. It's alike your tauhu-bakar with shredded cucumbers, but a rather egg-y dish instead of a beancurd dish!

Ayam Penyet (RM18.00/serving)
Indonesian-style grilled chicken in chilli & tomatoes
Unlike the Malay-Indon-style of ayam penyet that we find in the "Ayam Penyet Ria" kinda restaurants, this ayam penyet isn't deep-fried! I find it more like the ayam percik that comes with gravy, but this one is more "tangy" & slightly spicy due to the chilli & load of tomatoes.

Gulai Kambing Cincang (RM25.00/serving)
Lamb shoulder cooked in special curry
This was my favorite dish among the many. The gravy is the star of the dish as it is creamy & well-infused with the fragrance of lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, ginger & a generous helping of herbs & spices that didn't over-power the dish, but brought it to a pleasing level. Well done! Oh, they don't use coconut milk as well, but evaporated milk. 

Pucuk Paku Chilli (RM12.00/serving)
Taste was good, but I find the ferns a little old. The stalks/stems were fiberish, unlike the ones I had at Jeff Lee's kitchen. They serve the best paku veggie in town, I feel! 

Sundanese Dancing Fish (RM37.00/serving)
Crispy fried ikan nila/talapia merah
I find this dish nicely presented, but taste-wise, I don't find it very spectacular. The fried fish is kinda small, so it's not very meaty. It's not heavily seasoned too, so I find it slightly bland. I guess they're depending on the 3 sauces for flavour. Armada Hotels' version of "flying fish" was the best-tasting that I had so far; presentation was pretty impressive too! Dancing fish vs Flying Fish, I think Armada's excel with flying colors :D

I won't mind going to Brisik again for their decent Indonesian-Thai dishes, but I do find it pricey for the portion, taste, & ambiance. Perhaps it'll be a good halal place for gatherings/meet-ups, but if I'm to go alone, I don't think I'll pop-by Brisik.

Brisik Restaurant
Lot M3-1, Palm Square, Jaya One
72A Jalan Universiti
Seksyen 13
46200 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Tel: (+603) 7958 6681/ (+6016) 616 3666
Business hours: Mon – Fri, 11:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.; 6:00p.m. - 10:00p.m., Sat – Sun 11:00a.m. - 10:00p.m.
Email: brisikdagang@gmail.com

Presentation: * * *1/2
Price: * * 1/2
Environment: * * *
Taste: * * *
Service: * * *


Love the drinks at Brisik,


Review: Baked Bounty & Gohan Galore

>> Friday, April 12, 2013

Overall comment: Lovely variety of burgers, wraps, & sandwiches for those who just want something simple & healthier. The gohan galore was quite overwhelming as everything's rice! I'm not a great fan of rice, but I must say that the variety is very commendable & the taste of each dish is also interesting.
Halal: Yes

The Baked Bounty promotion is back this April! It's one of the best selling promotions for the Utara Coffee House @ Armada Hotel in the past years & this year, executive chef Chew Teik Chye & his team of culinary experts takes the Baked Bounty promotion to a whole new level by introducing 6 new sandwiches, burgers, & wraps.

When I first received the invitation to review their new baked goodies, I thought to myself, "Another burger review??! Armada is joining the burger craze as well??" I had to try it out for myself to see what the chefs have been working on to bring Utara Coffee House to the next level of satisfying their customers' every palette.

The review didn't just cover the Baked Bounty promotion, but also 3 other promotions (I WAS STUFFED!!) as well i.e. "Gohan Galore", Cake of the Month (April), & also some new ice-blended fruity drinks!

The items on promotion this April 

Freshly-baked bread & rolls

Chicken Champignon (Mushroom) Burger (RM18.00++/order)
Sauteed fresh mushrooms pan-fried with cream sauce, thick chicken patty, fresh salad, tomatoes, & more mushrooms + fries!
This was my favorite!! The fresh mushrooms were fragrant & the cream sauce helped kept the burger "moist". The chicken patty was also juicy :) The only thing that I didn't fancy were the cucumbers. It made the burger taste like a sandwich, so Chef Chew, no cucumbers in this burger! Put it into the sandwiches instead of the burgers!

Caribbean Grilled Chicken Burger (RM16.00++/order)
Tropical favourites i.e. mangoes, capsicums, carrots & cucumbers on a thick chicken patty in a sultanas & dried fruits bun!
Another one of my favorites. I think I fancy the chicken burgers here more than the beef burgers. If you're adventurous & like something different in your burgers, this burger offers you a symphony of flavors from the capsicums to the mangoes & even the fruity-nutty bun! Yummilicious!

American Beef Sandwich (RM18.00++/order)
 Extra-thick beef patty, crunchy beef strips, Cheddar cheese, greens, & fries
This is like a burger with flat bread slices. A hearty-meaty meal. The only thing that I didn't really like was the ground beef patty. I found it grounded too fine for my liking.

 Texas Beef Burger (RM18.00++/order)
Generous topping of melted Cheddar cheese, rocket lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced onions, sunny-side-up egg, massive-sized succulent beef patty, sanwiched in a freshly baked Brioche bun. Served with fries.
This is a burger for egg-lovers who are really hungry. Check out the height! I had to split 'em up & eat "component by component" (I'm such an IT person here, eh? lol). Good stuff! But I still prefer not-so-grounded beef :D

 Mexican Tuna Wrap (RM18.00++/order)
Chunks of tuna,creamy tuna mayo,  jalapenos, & green salad in a tortilla wrap. Served with tortilla chips, tangy salsa, & creamy Guacamole
I enjoyed the wraps very much. The tortilla wrap was soft & "silky-moist", & eating it from the bottom up was kinda a good idea (I did this cos it was just too difficult to start from the top...hahaha). Armada could somehow put some sauce like mayo/provide some sauce separately with this order as the tuna that's "exposed" felt rather dry. I could do with more jalapenos!

Cajun Shrimp Wrap (RM17.00++/order)
Fresh shrimps marinated in paprika & pan-fried to perfection, fresh lettuce, tomatoes, & onions, wrapped in tortilla
Interesting. I've never really had prawns in tortilla wraps. It doesn't feel as "chunky" & there's not much "bite" or meat to chew on, but the freshness of the prawns makes 'em crisp to bite on. Nice flavors.

Mini servings of the burgers/sandwiches/wraps
Clockwise from top: American Beef Sandwich, Mexican Tuna Wrap, & Chicken Champignon Burger 

Mini servings of the burgers/sandwiches/wraps
Clockwise from top: Cajun Shrimp Wrap, Texas Beef Burger, & Caribbean Grilled Chicken Burger

I WAS STUFFED already....but there was more food served *faints*

Gohan Galore
"Gohan" means rice in Japanese. It is the staple for most Asians & the Japanese eat rice pretty much in every meal of the day. Rice plays a huge part of the Japanese culture, so Shokudo @ Armada Hotel would like to invite all rice-lovers to enjoy 4 of their Japanese-inspired rice dishes during the month of April & experience a truly-Japanese culture!

Omu Raisu (RM18.00++/order)
Omelette filled with fried rice
This looks alike the Pattaya Fried Rice, but with a Japanese twist. The tomato-based rice had a very seafood-ish taste because there's "bonito" (fish flakes) in it. It felt like there's cuttlefish-taste in the rice...hahaha...Quite interesting, but not for those who do not fancy a fishy taste.

Onigiri (RM12.00++/order)
Rice balls with fillings - mentaiko, bonito, & salmon
I'll rarely order rice balls since I'm not a "fann thong" (Cantonese for "rice bucket" - someone who LOVES rice & MUST have rice everyday/every other day). I often see Japanese kids bringing such items to school for their lunch break, but I've never acquired the taste for it. These 'Japanese comfort food' comes in selections of "Mentaiko" (cod roe), "Bonito" (fish flakes), & "Sake" (salmon).

 Yaki Onigiri (RM12.00++/order)
Grilled rice balls with fillings
If you love scrapping the claypot for crispy rice in a claypot chicken rice meal, you'll love this very much. I'm not a fan of "crispy/burnt rice" so I didn't really fancy this. The Yaki Onigiri's rice is marinated with Sake, Mirin Sauce, Soy Sauce, and a whole load of Bonito before it is formed & toasted to perfection. 

Gyu Don (RM18.00++/order)
Donburi topped with seasoned beef, onions, & pickles
A common Japanese fast-food, the donburi is served with egg, vegetables, & meat of any kind in an over-sized bowl. This gyu-don is very flavorful as it is stir-fried with the sweet yellow onions & seasoned with the well-loved Japanese sauces to give it a delightful savory & slightly sweet taste. I prefer this dish over the rest of the Gohan Galore's dishes, but I still love the gyu-don at Koi Zen in Kuantan. The best & so far, nothing could beat it!

Mini portions of "Gohan Galore"
Clockwise from top: Omu Raisu, Yaki Onigiri, Onigiri, & Gyu Don.

Cake of the month - April
Apart from the abundance of variety & food portions that are available for the month of April, every diner with a sweet tooth must not miss out Armada's cake of the month!

Raspberry White Chocolate Cake (RM28.00++/800g cake or RM7.50++/slice)
A cup of latte or cappuccino + a slice/piece of pastry from pastry counter (RM15.00++/order)
Rich & creamy white chocolate topping a sweet white cake with raspberry cream in the center. I don't really fancy sweet stuff, so I found this too sweet for my liking, but the 1/2 a cake that I brought back for my youths were "whacked-up" in less than 5 minutes! "It's so gooooodddd!!" (that's what they mumbled with their mouths stuffed with sweet cake...)

Not just cake, but mini churros with chocolate sauce as well! *faints*
I think my blood sugar level just shot off the meter...the churros were SO light, fluffy, & goes VERY well with the semi-sweet dark chocolate sauce....*noms!!*

Last, but not least....

Refreshing Kiwi Chiller (RM8.00++/glass)
Slightly sweet at first, but when it melts a little, it's not too sweet & it was indeed refreshing! Good choice, PerutBesi :D

Refreshing Chillers come in 4 other flavors

Don't miss out April's promotion!

For reservation and inquiries, please contact:
Utara Coffee House
Hotel Armada Petaling Jaya
Lot 6, Lorong Utara C, Section 52
46200 Petaling Jaya
Tel: (+603) 7954 6888, ext 4557
FB: http://www.facebook.com/HotelArmadaPJ
URL: http://www.armada.com.my/

Presentation: * * * *
Price: * * *
Environment: * * * 1/2
Taste: * * *
Service: * * * 1/2


Stuffed with burgers, sandwiches, & wraps,


Review: Burgertory, SS15 Subang

>> Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Overall comment: Juicy & flavourful pork burgers! I feel that portion is slightly smaller than Fatboy's, but taste is still good.
Halal: No

The burger craze continues!! This time, I checked-out Burgertory, one of the few premium pork burger joints in the Klang Valley. There are just so many burger joints 'mushrooming' in town, so what's different with Burgertory, you may wonder...

Burgertory is located in SS15 Subang Jaya near Inti/Taylor's college. It's on the 1st floor, above Guardian, before Maybank. Parking can be quite a problem, even during the later hours of the night, but for a good pork burger meal, I'm very sure you wouldn't mind parking further...hahaha....

This burger joint went through almost an entire year in planning & 4 months to be "built" before it opened its doors for business in February, during Chap Goh Mei. Yup, you read it right - they got the shop "built"/furnished all by themselves! These handful of guys are all from the F & B industry, so they've no skills, expertise & ideas on piping, wood-work, electrical work...etc, but they got EVERYTHING done up for their shop! I'm REALLY impressed :) They picked up ideas & tips from the internet & started from scratch...*fuh*

The interior of Burgertory
All the tables, benches, lighting, & piping are done by the guys themselves!

Who did what... 

Homemade Homemade....
From burger buns, to the patties, to the sauces! They also take pride in using Sea Salt & only "real mayonnaise", not the commercial Lady's Choice kinda mayonnaise.(I've been eating LOADS of 'fake' mayonnaise!) Quality & taste are their priorities.

Why burgers??
1. When they came up with their initial idea, there were not many burger joints yet, but because the shop preparation took quite some time, loads of burger joints popped up!
2. The guys were in businesses where the menu is extensive (pasta, pizza, Western food...etc) & with an extensive menu, quality could be compromised. Thus, the focus is on good burgers - simple, satisfying, quality maintained!

Free flow of drinks! 

Open-concept kitchen & their faithful tools (on the left), which they used to build Burgertory!

Burgers & Sets
Ala carte burgers are priced from RM12.00/burger & you can opt for a set with an additional RM5.00, which will get you fries + free-flow soft drinks. You can also opt for the Burgertory Fry Combo for RM9.00, which consists of fries + onion rings + Mozarella cheese stick + free-flow soft drinks. For this month, you can get a free upsize of the Fry Combo Set! 

Burgertory's Menu

William, one of the founders of Burgertory, explaining the shop's concept & burgers to us

100& Grass-Fed Beef Burgers:

 Shrooming Bull (RM15.50/ala carte burger)
Mild Cheddar cheese, button mushrooms, 100% grass-fed beef
I don't think I got to try this burger, but I will surely want to try out their mushroom burgers! They also have it with pork patty.

The Fry Combo + Burger
LOVE the onion rings & the Mozarella cheese stick is something different! I first thought it was a sausage! Hahahahaha....the dip is just chili mayo...I prefer Burger Junkyard's dips ;)

Beef Cheese Fondue (RM18.50/ala carte burger)
Cheese fondue with 100% grass-fed beef
Oooooeeeeey, goooooeeeyyyy, cheeeeeeesssyyyyy....yums! I had this & the cheese was oozing from all sides of the burger! It's quite a messy burger to have, but if you're a cheese-lover, this is cheesilicious!

Burgertory Hot Smoke (RM15.00/ala carte burger)
Homemade BBQ sauce & Montery Jack cheese with 100% grass-fed beef
This burger had an interesting packaging - the burger was wrapped in the paper bag, where "steam" comes out when you tear the bag open! Interesting...I didn't get to try this as well, so I can't comment :P Looks good though...

100% Premium Pork Burgers:

 Mascarpone Curry & Cheese (RM15.00/ala carte burger)
Mild Cheddar cheese, fried egg, onion rings, mascarpone curry sauce & 100% premium pork
This was GOOD...although the curry reminded me of some good curry puff! I guess it's because of the variety of texture, taste, & flavours. The curry is alike Japanese curry - not really spicy, but still tastes good :)  As I love onion rings, eggs, pork & cheese, this is like the perfect combination for the PerutBesi!

The Pioneer (RM17.00/ala carte burger)
Mild Cheddar cheese, sliced cabbage, Tobiko, crab sticks, Pimento sauce & 100% premium pork
This one looks REALLY fascinating...it's like having a "Japanese" burger *drools* I'm not a great fan of crab sticks, but I think I'll try this the next time I go there...

Swine Bacon & Cheese (RM16.00/ala carte burger)
Mild Cheddar cheese, pork bacon & 100% premium pork
Very porkilicious! I had the "Bacon & Cheese Plus+", which is the double-patty version of this Swine Bacon & Cheese. The pork is nicely seasoned, although I felt that it's slightly heavy on the pepper, but oh, the bacon & cheese - something that I can't resist!

 Bacon & Cheese Plus+ (RM24.00/ala carte burger)
Double Cheddar cheese, double 100% premium pork patties, double pork bacon
Just looking at this photo makes you hungry, doesn't it? Hehehe....

Caramelized Onion (RM13.00/ala carte burger)
Mild Cheddar cheese & homemade brown onions with 100% premium pork
I felt that this one looks quite common...I've yet to try it out.

Burgertory Treasure (RM13.00/ala carte burger)
Mild Cheddar cheese & crispy pork lard with 100& premium pork
Wah, this is THE BOMB! It's ultra-fattening & it's every heart's enemy - total artery blockers, but it's OH, SO GOOD.....so, would which would you choose? Your heart & health or just eat first, think later? Hahahahaha....

Bloggers + Burgertory Masterminds
Thank you, sycookies for extending the invitation, thank you Jackson from Foodirector, & yes, thank you Burgertory for introducing us to this great pork burger place of yours!

So, how is Burgertory different from the other burger joints like myBurgerLab, Burger JunkyardFat Boy's Burgers, Wallop Burger, Crayon Burger, Burger Kaw-Kaw, Burger Bakar...and the many that I probably couldn't name them all...! For one, it serves pork! The rest, you've to decide for yourselves since taste is a very subjective matter ;)

8A, 1st Floor, Jalan SS15/4D
Subang Jaya
47500 Petaling Jaya
Tel: (+603)5611 9991
Business hours: Tuesdays - Sundays 6:00p.m. - 11:00p.m.
Email: burgertory@hotmail.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/Burgertory

Presentation: * * * *
Price: * * * 1/2
Environment: * * * 
Taste: * * * 1/2
Service: * * * 1/2


Tis the season to enjoy burgers,

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